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English verb: go for

1. go for (stative) be pertinent or relevant or applicable

SamplesThe same laws apply to you!.
This theory holds for all irrational numbers.
The same rules go for everyone.

Synonymsapply, hold

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

Verb groupapply, lend oneself

2. go for (communication) give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to

SamplesI cannot accept your invitation.
I go for this resolution.

Synonymsaccept, consent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)react, respond

Narrower (hyponym)agree, allow, buckle under, contract in, countenance, give, give in, knuckle under, let, permit, settle, succumb, take in charge, undertake, yield

Antonymsrefuse, decline

3. go for (cognition) intend with some possibility of fulfilment

SamplesI hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)be after, plan

4. go for (emotion) have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

SamplesShe fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window.

ExamplesThey go for more bread

Synonymsfancy, take to

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)desire, want


5. go for (competition) make an attempt at achieving something

SamplesShe tried for the Olympics.

Synonymstry for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)compete, contend, vie

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